11 September 2009

a full summer wanes..

This summer's vacations were packed together tightly - a little too much so for my tastes.

Four camp trips in a month, each with decidedly different styles, gear and weather. First off was a family camp with the tent-trailer, a reasonably normal event even though I had to set up then return to work for ½ day! We returned home to pack for the big 2-in-1 trip after that, taking a full-size tent for the next weekend and backpack gear for the following week. This trip started with record heat and thunderstorms, but in Yosemite NP devolved into snow-pellets and driving winds that cut our hike short and sent us out by another path (Buckeye Creek, image above). Returning home through the amazing Crater Lake park, we then geared up yet again for the Oregon Star Party, taking the tent-trailer and as much astronomy gear as could fit into our car. It was an exhausting five days of hot weather (again) and clear nights, meaning up all night and poor daytime naps. By week's end we were back into cooler weather but our exhaustion from the combined trips had caught up to us. Next year we'll plan things a bit differently.. I think!